Whenever Jose Mourinho’s name was linked with Manchester United, the name Zlatan Ibrahimovic hasn’t been too far behind. Since working together at Inter Milan back in 2009 the pair have struck up a close relationship with one and other, with of course one-stand out passion that lies close to each other hearts, their personal hatred towards Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola.
It is no secret Pep Guardiola isn’t exactly high on Jose Mourinho’s Christmas card list, nor is it a surprise he isn’t too high on Zlatans. Mourinho’s rivalry with the Spaniard dates back to when the Portuguese managed Real Madrid between 2010-2013, whilst Zlatan’s rivalry dates back to his brief stay at the Nou Camp in 2010, where despite scoring 21 goals for Barcelona was sold a year later to AC Milan.
Their sheer hatred for Guardiola alone could already be seen as us having an upper hand before the season even kicks off. Both have points to prove, Mourinho to show the footballing world that he is truly the best manager on the planet, whilst Zlatan to prove that age really is just a number.
To sit here and say signing Ibrahimovic would not be gamble would be silly as let’s face it, it is a gamble, it’s a massive gamble, but it is a gamble worth taking. Sections of the older generation at Old Trafford have even likened Zlatan to a former United great in Eric Cantona and it is easy to see why. Both display on the football field a certain confidence, arrogance if you will that make them winners. To become successful on the pitch you need a player with that charisma in your side and with Zlatan he has exactly that and Mourinho knows it.
The main negative aspects surrounding this potential signing all point to the youth, more specifically at Marcus Rashford. Rashford’s superb end to last season will not go un-noticed, if anything the arrival of Ibrahimovic would only help the youngster. Training and playing alongside one of the finest strikers of our generation in Ibrahimovic can only be a positive for Rashford, and one he could gain invaluable experience from.
It remains to be seen whether we do indeed sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but one thing is for sure if Zlatan Ibrahimovic is wearing the colours of Manchester United next season, we are already one up on our noisy neighbours before the season has even begun and they know it.